Monday, May 9, 2016

mod adrian baby quilt

this was only a baby quilt but it's one of my favorites so far!
i did a lot of "never have i ever"s for this quilt. it is my first quilt top using ALL SOLIDS! i am usually such a print girl! it is also my first IMPROV quilt top using no rulers for the piecing of the blocks.
i learned this method in a class with heather jones at quiltcon 2016 in pasadena. i was actually blown away, she is such a great teacher! (some artists are not!) and seeing her work up close was really great. it was a way way better experience than i was expecting or could even imagine.
after quiltcon, i had a lot going on (remodeled my kitchen!) and i didn't get back to this project for a month or so, but i came back and made enough blocks for a baby quilt.
my friends quincy and sara had a baby that first day of quiltcon so i knew it was for him, his name is adrian!
i used a cassette print for the back that i had been hoarding, the colors worked perfectly.

i tried to mimic heather's perfect wishbone quilting. while nowhere near her level, i liked doing it and i feel i should practice this quilting motif more! adrian lives in bed stuy, brooklyn, and will be the coolest kid on the block i think!

fancy fox for vivian

this project was a nice palette-cleanser. after the very large and involved desert night quilt, i made this fancy fox 2 (pattern from elizabeth hartman) quilt! i decided on my own layout of 3 across and 3 down, and made a quilt that's about 67" x 72". i used all tula pink for the fox faces, a swiss dot background, and move credit print backing.
she loved it and i got the sweetest thank you card! now that's a classy lady!

playing catch up

i realized i never posted about madison's quilt here! i finished it last year, in August of 2015.
i made this quilt my own sampler, just sewing blocks and putting them together using a color palette i loved. i also used large pieces of fabric for space-fillers. i embroidered madison's name pretty large on the front. i like combining embroidery with quilting. from this quilt i learned that it is a risky choice to use highly contrasting thread for quilting. i didn't particularly like the dark thread on the light background. i will be using the "face into/match" the background policy from now on.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mandy's desert night quilt

I really really love Tucson, Arizona. There is something magical about the nights there, especially. I took advantage of the recent trend in southwest/succulent prints and collected as many of those as I could for the pieced blocks in this quilt. It was fun to hunt for low volume and orange/coral/pink versions, and vibrant turquoise prints for the centers. The large square blocks for the background were all nighttime themed.

This was also my very first attempt at appliqué and I loved it! It was really fun and not hard to do! I wanted to make silhouettes of stately saguaros and other Sonoran desert friends. I followed a tutorial by Luke Haynes on the bernina site and I feel it was a great success! 

It was really fun quilting each cactus differently! 

I backed this quilt with an old soft flannel sheet that fit perfectly and played nice while basting. I'm really glad I went with this choice, the quilt is SUPER warm and snuggly! 

I made this quilt for me to keep!!! This is my 15th quilt and I've given all of them away except the very first wonky small one. I am very satisfied with how this one came out and I love sleeping with it on my bed! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

swoon for a wedding

my friend and coworker is getting married! i made them a swoon quilt. i really loved making this quilt. i picked a lot of really amazing prints and had fun designing the color layout.
the background is "sprinkles" by cotton and steel basics, i love this as a neutral background. this was a really fun quilt to piece and the blocks are so large that it went together quickly.
i did a simple loopy line quilting so as not to detract from the piecing.
hopefully cecy and greg love it! update: they did!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

the wedding ring quilt

this quilt took me 5 months to make, and contains many things i have never tried before. first time piecing with curves. i used the quick curve ruler from sew kind of wonderful and the metro rings pattern.
first time doing a full-size quilt with free motion quilting. i really used my new bernina 750QE to the best of my abilities, doing flower and leaf motifs and lots of loop de boops.
the back is an out of print alexander henry day of the dead toile, that i sourced online.
i used my bernina to embroider the bride and groom's names and their wedding date in the corner on the back.
and i used priory square for the binding.
i love this quilt a lot and i'm so HAPPY that it's DONE!!! on to the next one!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A belated post

I never posted this finish from last year. This was a quilt for my son. 

I used all gray, all unisex prints. I also included different shades of gray solids. 

The back is a huge splash of color: RED! 

I did matchstick quilting, which took forever but turned out great! 

My son sleeps with this quilt every night now :)

Mission accomplished.